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Glorious Gazing

It’s a block party, sometimes for thousands, but not at the end of the street in the cul-de-sac. This block party spreads along Northside and Southside Drives, follows the banks of the Merced River and continues into the El Capitan Picnic Area in Yosemite Valley.

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Celebrate the differences

No one likes to be laughed at, to be called names like “loser,” “weirdo,” or “waste of space.” Unfortunately, bullying seems to be human nature, and it has happened to us all in some form or another.

Cathie Campbell

Love those sweet taters

February is National Sweet Potato Month and I am happy about the recognition sweet potatoes and yams receive. They are both tasty and full of healthful nutrition. If you ever wondered what the difference is between a sweet potato and a yam, in this country at least, they are both technically sweet potatoes.

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Safety net for caregivers

Tracy Marr begins each day grateful for the peace of mind knowing her 26-year-old son, Jared, is safe, knowing that if he wanders too far, she has reliable backup, thanks to Operation Lost & Found (OLF). An OLF client for more than six years, Jared wears a special wrist bracelet with a tracking device.

Cathie Campbell

National Almond Day

February 16 is celebrated as National Almond Day, so why not join in the fun and make something with almonds? Not that we need an excuse, of course. Every day is a good day to cook with and eat almonds. I am fortunate that my sister gives me some almonds from an old but productive tree on the ranch she lives on. California is famous for its abundant almond crop. They are also very healthful snacks, especially for someone like me who happens to be a diabetic. I love to eat them raw without any salt or other seasonings. Join me in celebrating the California almond, and we don’t have to limit that enjoyment to just one day of the year. I hope you’re all keeping safe and warm in this winter weather.

Cathie Campbell

Sugar cookie hearts for your loved ones

If you go by the displays in stores, or the television commercials and magazine ads, Saint Valentine’s Day is all about romantic love, hearts and flowers, expensive gifts, blah, blah. Not that I am against all that, but the celebrations and observances many of us practice every February 14 are also about children and the fun of trading those little paper cards. I thought I’d share some recipes you might want to prepare. Pre-decorated cookies and cupcakes also freeze well, in most cases.

Cathie Campbell

Something other than sweets

I wanted to recognize that Valentine’s Day will soon be here, but got to thinking that recipes for sweets might be a little too, well, too common. We are bombarded with sweets for the occasion, in the form of boxes of chocolates and other candies, plus cookies, pies, cakes and cake pops. Even sweet beverages. So why not throw some non-sweets into the mix, such as for brunch, lunch or dinner? As delicious as candy is, there comes a time, even on Valentine’s Day, when we just crave some real food. Here is a selection that might include that “just-right” recipe for your special day. You are all my valentines, because you are so sweet.

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